Previously on "General Hospital" --
Laura: No, don't do it! Don’t. Don't ever hurt Bobbie again or Luke will come after you.
Gia: He's my brother. I don't want you to do anything to hurt him even if it is to protect me.
Sonny: Hey, hey, hey. You sick?
Alexis: I'm fine. Oh.
Courtney: Oh, come on, Rosie, drop the pillow. Don't eat the -- you don't take direction very well. I guess that's the mark of a true Quartermaine, huh? Yes.
Gia: Courtney? Oh, thank God, you're alone. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.
Courtney: What are you doing here? And why didn't you use the front door like a normal person?
Gia: I am just so beyond desperate and I couldn't summon the energy it takes to be charming to the Quartermaines. No offense. Please tell me they're not home.
Gia: There's no chance of them barging in?
Courtney: Well, yeah, there's always a chance, Gia. They do live here. What is this about?
Gia: I'm in serious trouble, and I need your help.
A.J.: Well, well, well. Look who's back. Where you been, little brother? For how long now? What, a year, more or less? I would ask what you've been doing, but some things are better left unsaid.
Jason: You still got a big mouth.
A.J.: To what or whom do we owe the pleasure of this surprise appearance? Couldn't be our mother. We all know how you feel about the family, which pretty much rules out Father's Day. Ah. Is it the Memorial Day picnic? No. No, you don't have enough memories to celebrate.
Jason: That might be a place you don't want to go.
A.J.: Oh, I get it. You're back for the feast of Carly's resurrection. What happened? Sonny snap his fingers?
Sonny: She's sick, I think. Do you want me to call a doctor?
Alexis: No. I'm -- absolutely not. I'm just fine. I have a flu or something and I'm -- I'm perfectly fine, honestly, so --
Sonny: All right, well, if you need anything --
Alexis: I don't need anything. You know, Kristina’s in there, she'll be happy to hover. Sorry to -- you guys have a great --
Sonny: Are you sure?
Sonny: All right.
Sonny: She didn't look good. I think she's sick. I don't know.
Carly: She said she's fine. Can't you just take her word?
Sonny: Yeah, yeah. I guess I'm going to have to. All right, I'm going to go -- I'm going to go to the market.
Carly: I would really rather that we finished our conversation. We were just getting to the very important part.
Sonny: You're not going to let this go, are you?
Carly: I can’t.
Sonny: All right.
Carly: Look, I need an answer or I need to leave. Do you forgive me, Sonny? Is it -- is it even possible?
A.J.: You know what? I was wrong to attack you like that. I'm sorry. I guess it's a knee-jerk reaction. Old habits die hard. Good news is they're dying. Let's start over, Jase. So, you in town for a while?
Jason: Looks like I have to be.
A.J.: Plans to see the family?
Jason: It's none of your business.
A.J.: I see you still hate me.
Jason: I don't think about you at all, A.J., until you do something that makes me have to.
A.J.: Like now?
Jason: Like now.
A.J.: I get it, Jase. You believe everything Sonny says. You're programmed to always take his side. I also get that you don't trust me. Why should you? As far as you know, I'm a perennial screw-up, a drunk who wrecks everything he touches.
Jason: What's your point?
A.J.: The point is it's a new day. That guy you remember is gone. He went away, just like Jason Quartermaine.
Jason: Like somebody rammed your head into a tree?
A.J.: I met someone. Her name is Courtney. She's amazing, innocent, beautiful, and the crazy part is she loves me. I mean, she honestly, from the bottom of her heart, loves me and it's changed everything -- my priorities, my goals, my values. I don't drink anymore. She's made me better, you know, like Robin did you. Unfortunately, she's Sonny's sister. Now, that I wouldn't have chosen, but I didn't have a say. I fell in love for the first time in my life.
Gia: So, bottom line, I've got 24 hours, more or less, to decide whether or not to be arrested for aiding and abetting a fugitive, or break up with my fiancé, who happens to be the love of my life, leave the modeling job that I broke my back twice to get, and go back to being bored out of my mind at Columbia.
Courtney: Well -- okay, so you're admitting that you helped this Helena person escape?
Gia: Are you listening? This is so not the point.
Courtney: Whatever, all right? You just get Nikolas to pull a few strings. He seems to be pretty good at that.
Gia: Because I am tired of being something that Nikolas has to constantly fix. He's just -- he's done way too much for me already and I decided that I'm going to get myself out of this one. And that's where you come in.
Courtney: I am probably going to be sorry for even listening. What do you have in mind?
Gia: Look, I want you to know something. Whether or not you decide to help me -- look, in spite of the way we started out, I just -- I think you've been really cool lately. And, well, how's this for irony -- you're the only person in this country aside from Nikolas who even vaguely resembles a friend to me and I just appreciate that.
Courtney: Thanks, I guess. So what do you want me to do?
Gia: Help me break into my brother's office at the PCPD and steal Helena’s tape.
Alexis: Let us breathe.
Kristina: Oh, my God, you look like hell.
Sonny: I -- I don't want you to leave.
Carly: Well, then I need a reason to stay. Look, it's not a demand. It's just the truth. I cannot go back to being wrong, to being happy for a little while and then slamming up into that wall that you built around yourself. It hurts too much to lose you over and over again.
Sonny: You don't think it hurts me, too? You don't think I'd like to just let go of the past and put it down, just -- and forgive? But what -- what does forgiveness feel like? How do I recognize it? First person I was supposed to forgive was Mike and I think I did that for a little while when I was really young. I remember Mrs. Cerullo's rosebush was starting to bloom. She called them tea roses. I could see them through my front window. I was -- I was waiting for Mike to come get me because he was supposed to take me to my first pony ride. And I was looking forward to it, you know. For weeks I'd bragged to everybody because all my friends thought my dad was cool because he knew about horses and he was going to teach me how to ride. Well, he never came, he never showed up. Yeah, he might've shown up maybe a week or a month later. Who can keep track asking for forgiveness? And I said I did. But to tell you the truth, something in my heart closed that day. So you're going to have to help me out here. All right, what does forgiveness feel like? A weight being lifted off?
Carly: No, I suppose it's -- it's part of that.
Sonny: Because that's what I felt when I looked through the back of that church and I saw you standing there. And then again outside when I held you in my arms, you were alive. You were real and you were back. A weight being lifted off. Is -- is that forgiveness?
Man: The bills are per your instruction, Mr. Cassadine -- recorded as stolen in a bank robbery. Whoever is found with this will look very guilty indeed.
Nikolas: We need to be clear on a few things -- you and I never met, this transaction never took place, and your boat never docked here, all right?
Man: Understood, Sir.
Nikolas: Thank you.
Courtney: Okay, okay -- what were you thinking? That I'd hold the flashlight while you pick the lock to your cop brother's office in the middle of a police station?
Gia: Of course not. I don't mean that we would break in personally.
Courtney: Oh, boy. Well, that's a relief.
Gia: I want to hire a professional.
Courtney: You think that's me?
Gia: No. Why aren't you getting this? Look, I meant one of your contacts.
Courtney: Like who? What, Edward? Alan? Lila?
Gia: Oh, my God. Look, are you just being deliberately dense? I need one of Sonny's associates, someone who specializes in this sort of work.
Courtney: Sonny. Why didn't I think of that?
Gia: Look, it's an easy job. Marcus is out of town and I even finessed one of the janitors to give me my big brother's keys, so they could be in and out, no problem.
Courtney: Aside from the fact that your plan is dangerous, it's illegal and clearly insane. And I don't know any of Sonny's associates. I don't even know Sonny. We're not close. I can't even be in a room with him for more than 20 minutes without saying the wrong thing or making him mad. And have you forgotten that he completely hates my husband and wants to kill him -- literally?
Gia: You're right. Dumb idea. Thanks, anyways.
Courtney: Where are you going?
Gia: To get the job done myself.
Courtney: Gia, don't do this. You're going to regret it, I promise you. What -- why don't you just, I don't know, find your brother and try to compromise?
Gia: Look, I wish I could, but it has gone way past compromise. My life with Nikolas is on the line. And in order to save it, anything goes.
A.J.: Calm yourself here. I mean, don't hurt yourself trying to congratulate me or anything.
Jason: What makes you think I care about your life?
A.J.: Good question. Well, maybe for no other reason than now I'm married to Sonny's sister. Jason, I want you to know that I did try to make peace with Sonny -- for Courtney's sake -- and Sonny responded by trying to kill me on my wedding day. And if it weren't for Courtney and Alexis to stop him, I'd be dead right now. And for what? Seducing his little sister and dumping her or taking advantage of her innocence? No. For marrying her. For promising to love, honor, and cherish. And then the day of Carly's funeral that wasn't, I went to the church early to pay my respects. Sonny was there. What do you suppose he did?
Jason: I know what he didn't do -- since you're standing here still yammering in my face.
A.J.: You know that Sonny put a hit out on me, Jason? Yeah, he called it off, but there are no guarantees that -- what's the proper terminology -- "reactivated"? Am I getting through to you at all or am I just standing here having a conversation with myself?
Jason: You say you've changed. I can see that. You used to tell a lot of lies, now you tell even more.
Kristina: What in the world is wrong with you?
Alexis: Nothing, I -- I'm just tired.
Kristina: No, no, no, no, no, no. It's something more than that.
Alexis: You're overreacting.
Kristina: No, I'm not, something is definitely off with you.
Alexis: Can't I just have a bad day?
Kristina: Of course you can, you're allowed, if that's what it is. I mean, if you're not in denial or trying to brazen your way through something, which is exactly what I think you're doing right now.
Alexis: It is mind-boggling to think how I got to be this age and function in the world without your keen insights. I love you, but --
Kristina: Alexis --
Alexis: You have to quit treating me --
Kristina: Alexis --
Alexis: You do have to quit treating me like a psychological basket case whose every emotion and facial expression gets analyzed ad nauseam.
Kristina: I'm not talking about your emotions. I'm saying that something is physically wrong with you.
Carly: You know that feeling you described of a weight being lifted? It's relief. You know, it's -- it's what I felt for you after you'd been shot that Christmas on the steps of the PCPD, and you came back to me. I felt a weight lifted because you -- who I absolutely loved -- you'd survived. You know, it's a really powerful emotion but it's not forgiveness.
Sonny: What is it?
Carly: Well, you know, it's -- it's when you look at someone and you see them, not all the things they've done wrong. And it's when you can be in the moment with someone instead of always going back to the ways they hurt you or just looking forward to the ways that they might again.
Sonny: A letting go.
Carly: Yeah. It's a letting go. So -- can you do that? Sonny, can you do it with me? Because if not, if -- if all you can see is the things I've done wrong and not what's in my heart, then there's really not much left or many places for us to go.
Sonny: When I look in your eyes I see love.
Alexis: Why do you keep insisting on ignoring me when I'm telling you that I'm fine?
Kristina: Because you are a notorious nonacknowledger. Now come here, let me see. Hmm. Normal.
Kristina: Well, no, this doesn't necessarily mean that you're fine. You could be one of those people that still doesn't come down with a fever when you're --
Alexis: Kristina --
Kristina: Coming down with a bug. Now, you have been coming down with something ever since Carly's funeral. Remember? You got dizzy at the church. You almost fainted.
Alexis: That was shock. One doesn't expect the assumed dead person to show up at their own funeral.
Kristina: And I would agree with you if that had been the end of it, but it's a day later and you're still exhausted. Now, I'm not trying to be emotionally intrusive, but I do see real physical symptoms here. Alexis, your body is trying to tell you something and you're not listening. Somebody has to.
A.J.: Nothing gets through to you, does it? Except, of course, the gospel according to Sonny Corinthos. Hey, Jason, when are you going to stand for something? When are you going to stop being Sonny's flunky and think for yourself? Now, Courtney sees through Sonny. Why can't you?
Jason: You know, you use a lot of words, but you don't say anything worth hearing. I'm talking now. You've been doing a lot of things you shouldn’t. It stops here. I'm giving you the new rules. Now, you can live or die by them. That's your choice.
A.J.: Is that a threat?
Jason: You don't show up at Carly's door or Bobbie's, throwing attitude, trying to act like Michael’s father.
A.J.: I am Michael’s father.
Jason: I said I'm talking. No more stupid tricks, like stolen corpses and phony D.N.A. results to make Michael think his mother is dead.
A.J.: Now, that I didn't do.
Jason: Just shut up. No more lawyers showing up with legal papers to make Michael think that he's going to be taken away from his parents. You stay away from him.
A.J.: Or what? What are you going to do, tough guy? Shoot me? Drop me in a vat of cement?
Jason: Either you stop yourself, A.J., or I will.
Man: Is this Jason Morgan?
Jason: Yeah, who wants to know?
Man: This is Vince, the bartender at The Blue Note in Sycamore Bend? You came in asking about that missing woman. Well, one of the customers recognized the picture you left.
Nikolas: It's me.
Gia: Nikolas -- are you insane? You practically scared me to death. What the hell are you doing here?
Nikolas: Obviously the same thing you are, Gia. Do you ever listen? I told you I would handle this.
Gia: Look, I know, but I can't just sit around and do nothing.
Nikolas: If I didn't love you so much, I swear to you --
Gia: Oh, Nikolas, come on. Look, I am here, you're here, two people work faster than one and time is passing.
Nikolas: Fine. Look, you check the file cabinet, and I --
Gia: Oh, my goodness.
Gia: It's a medal I won in summer camp for distinguished canoeing. I was 10.
Nikolas: Distinguished canoeing?
Gia: I gave it to Marcus when he joined the police academy. You should've seen him -- big old tough guy acting like this silly tin medal was a platinum watch or something. I can't believe he's kept it all these years.
Nikolas: You see? That proves my point -- your brother loves you. All right?
Gia: Yeah, maybe you're right. I mean, maybe Marcus doesn't have the heart to turn me in.
Nikolas: I promise you, I do, that Taggert is not going to make good on his threats.
Courtney: What happened?
A.J.: What? Oh, nothing. I'm -- doesn't matter, I'm fine, I'm good.
Courtney: Don’t. One of the things that I love about you is that you never dismiss me. Don't start now.
A.J.: Courtney, have you ever -- have you ever felt really great about yourself? You know, like things were finally going your way, and then a person comes along with a tone in their voice, a look. They just -- they make you feel like all your accomplishments are meaningless? Have you ever hated someone so much that you wish they were never born and at the same time wanted their approval more than anything?
Courtney: A.J., what's this about?
A.J.: My brother's back.
Carly: All right.
Carly: When'd you get this? Hmm?
Sonny: You like it?
Carly: Well, yeah. I like it, but that's not what I asked you.
Sonny: I got it because of you.
Carly: Oh, yeah, yeah, that's right. Go ahead. Blame Carly.
Sonny: No, I'm serious.
Carly: Hmm, really?
Sonny: Yeah. One night last winter I drove by your house, right?
Sonny: And I was going to go to the door and if you answered, I was going -- I was going to kiss you, take you -- take you upstairs and take you to bed, you know?
Sonny: I wasn't going to, you know, worry about what I said or if I trust you or not. I was just going to be with you.
Carly: Oh, really?
Sonny: But instead I sat in the car, looked at your house, and I told the driver to take me home. And on the way home there was a tattoo parlor, right? I told the driver to stop. Went in there, told him to put this on my shoulder. Anything to stop thinking about being with you.
Carly: Well, thank you.
Sonny: I'm glad you like it.
Carly: I mean for not coming to my door that night. Because I probably would've let you in and I would not have been ready. I kind of needed that time alone. But I missed you.
Carly: Every -- single -- second.
Sonny: Well, I missed you more.
Carly: I guess that means I'm forgiven, huh?
[Knock on door]
Sonny: I didn't hear anything.
Carly: No, I didn't hear anything.
Sonny: I should --
Sonny: I should probably see who it is, you know.
Sonny: Yeah, I should probably -- I'm sorry. Just one second. I can't --
Carly: All right, go get it.
Sonny: All right.
Carly: Then bring me who's ever head it is on a platter.
Sonny: All right. Save my place, all right? All right?
Sonny: I'll be right back.
Carly: Don't be long.
Carly: Thank you, God.
Jason: I didn't think you'd be asleep.
Sonny: I wasn't. Come on in. It's good to see you.
Jason: Yeah, you, too.
Sonny: You know how long it took Benny to track you down?
Jason: I'm sorry. I would've been here faster if I would've known.
Sonny: Well, you're here now.
Jason: Is Carly okay?
Sonny: Yeah, yeah. She's -- she's upstairs.
Jason: Hey, look, I can come back tomorrow.
Sonny: No, no, you don't have to go. No, hey, look. Did you find A.J.?
Jason: Yeah. Yeah, he was on the pier. Luke was working him over.
Sonny: He must've figured out that it was A.J. who put that body in the lake and had it I.D.'d as Carly’s.
Jason: Well, Luke wasn't very happy, but Laura showed up before he could do too much to A.J.
Sonny: Well, that's too bad, huh?
Jason: A.J. deserves to hurt for what he did.
Sonny: A.J. deserves to hurt for a lot of reasons. Did you make him understand that?
Jason: I gave him your message. And I'll follow up with the rest of it tomorrow.
Sonny: There's something else I need from you. For Carly.
Sonny: All right, I want you to check out where she was when she disappeared.
Alexis: You know what? This is a really good idea to get me off my feet. I feel much, much better already.
Kristina: So you're finally admitting that something was wrong?
Alexis: You know what? You're right. I have a bug or something. I'm sure of it. So I'm just going to nestle in here, and you don't have to stay here anymore.
Kristina: No, no, I want to take care of my big sister. You want me to rub your back?
Alexis: No, that's okay.
Kristina: Okay, you want me to make you some soup?
Alexis: Yeah. That's a great idea.
Alexis: That sounds good -- chicken soup with lots of fresh vegetables.
Alexis: Do you mind?
Kristina: No, no, no, not at all. I would be happy to. But I expect you to be right there when I get back.
Alexis: Okay, I'll be here.
Gia: I can't believe it. No sign of any tape.
Nikolas: Did you really expect there to be? I'll tell you what -- why don't you go back to the island. I'll put everything in order here, okay?
Nikolas: All right.
Gia: Don't be long.
Courtney: Your own brother threatened to kill you? God, what is it with this town? Well, we have to do something.
A.J.: Like what?
Courtney: Well, I don't know. For starters, tell your family?
A.J.: You're joking, right? Courtney, this is Jason we're talking about. This is the son that the family loves instead of me. It doesn't matter what he does. He'll always be golden and nothing I am even compares to him.
Courtney: Well, I think that's appalling. How can your family not see what a wonderful man you are? Between you and Jason -- who sounds awful, by the way -- there is no comparison.
A.J.: I believe I just said that.
Courtney: No, I meant the other way around. Come on. Jason has nothing on you. You know, you should stop trying to judge your worth based on your past. Start seeing yourself through my eyes. You're amazing. I'm proud to be your wife.
A.J.: You mean that.
Courtney: With all my heart. I love you.
Sonny: I want you to -- I want you to find out where Carly was when she was gone. I think her memory is pretty hazy and she's still in shock and I don't want to push her. And there are things I wish she'd never remember.
Jason: Yeah, I'll check it out.
Jason: I questioned this bartender about the time when she was missing, told him to contact me if he heard or saw anything. Called me tonight.
Carly: Oh, my God. Jason?
Carly: Oh! Oh, my God. When did you get here?
Jason: Just now. I knocked on the door.
Carly: No. I mean in town. Why didn't you tell me?
Carly: Oh, my God. Oh, my God, let me -- let me look at you. Just gorgeous as ever.
Jason: You don't look too bad yourself.
Jason: You're happy.
Carly: Hey, should I be mad that you didn't make it to my funeral?
Jason: Oh. If you want. I don't care. The only thing that matters is you're safe.
Sonny: I'll second that.
Carly: Well, come. Come sit. I want to hear everything. Is there a woman in your life who needs her eyes scratched out?
Jason: Carly, don't start. We'll talk tomorrow.
Carly: Wait, wait -- hey, hey, wait. You're not leaving, you just got here. I was going to suggest a toast.
Jason: We got lots of time for that.
Carly: Does that mean you're home to stay?
Jason: I'm here now.
Carly: Well, swear that you will be here in the morning.
Jason: I swear.
Carly: And that you will come over and visit me and Michael first thing.
Jason: Yeah. Can't wait to see him.
Carly: Oh, my God. Oh, I am so glad you're home.
Jason: See you tomorrow.
Sonny: All right.
Carly: Oh. Jason's home. I'm in your arms. Oh. You know what? It couldn't get any better than this.
Alexis: All right, do it again. Okay, 28 -- 29, 30, 31, 37, 38, 39. Now, see, that can't be right. You miscalculated, Alexis. Do it again, do it again. Okay, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 -- 40. Oh, God. Oh, God. God, this can't be happening. Oh, my God.
>> On the next "General Hospital" --
Skye: Get out.
Jason: Sonny sent me.
Sonny: It looks like you're going to be sick. I'm taking you to my doctor.
Jax: You got exactly what you wanted.
Carly: Yeah, for the first time in my life.
Jax: Even if you did plan that accident yourself.